n past posts, I’ve given advice on packing and avoiding luggage fees. Now it’s time to take a look at the gear you’ll need to get the rest of your gear where it needs to go. When deciding whether to use a suitcase or a backpack, it’s important to think through multiple issues. In addition to giving you some general criteria to think about, I’ll offer suggestions on some of “best practices” for using each type of luggage.

A great way to save on transportation while in Europe is to consider a bike trip. The options are endless (depending on where you want to go and your level of fitness) as are the rewards (experience the beauty of Europe close-up, regular exercise means you can eat even more regional specialties, you have more control over your schedule). Here are some things to consider when planning a bike trip in Europe.